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In Through the Out Door
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In Through the Out Door

In Through the Out Door
Album by Led Zeppelin
Released August 15, 1979
Recorded November-December, 1978 at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.
Producer Jimmy Page
Genre Hard rock
Length 42 min 25 s
Record label Swan Song Records
Catalogue (US) Swan Song SS16002
(UK) Swan Song SSK59410
Professional reviews
Q review 3/5 October 2000 (remastered version)
Led Zeppelin Chronology
The Song Remains the Same (film)
In Through the Out Door
In Through the Out Door is a studio album by Led Zeppelin, released by Swan Song Records on August 15, 1979. The album was named by the group as such, because of their recent problems and the rise of punk music, trying to get back into the public mind is like "trying to get in through the Out Door, than through the In Door".

The original analogue disc record of this album featured an unusual gimmick (though 1979 marked a high-point, or low-point if you prefer, in the gimmicky-ness of records). It had an outer sleeve which was made to look like a plain brown paper bag, and the sleeve proper featured black and white line artwork which, if washed with a wet brush, would (permanently) become fully coloured. Furthermore there were six different inner sleeves featuring a different pair of photos (one on each side), and the outer sleeve meant that it was impossible for record buyers to tell which sleeve they were getting. (Actually, there is a code on the spine of the album jacket, which indicated which sleeve it was. This could sometimes be seen while the record was still sealed.) The pictures all depicted a scene in a bar, and each photo was taken from the point of view of someone who appeared in the other photos.

It was Led Zeppelin's last album while together, drummer John Bonham dies the next year on September 25, 1980.

Track listing

  1. "In the Evening" (Page/Plant/Jones) 6:49
  2. "South Bound Saurez" (Jones/Plant) 4:12
  3. "Fool In the Rain" (Page/Plant/Jones) 6:12
  4. "Hot Dog" (Page/Plant) 3:17
  5. "Carouselambra" (Jones/Page/Plant) 10:32
  6. "All My Love" (Plant/Jones) 5:53
  7. "I'm Gonna Crawl" (Page/Plant/Jones) 5:30

Led Zeppelin
John Bonham - John Paul Jones - Jimmy Page - Robert Plant
Original albums: Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin III - Untitled - Houses of the Holy - Physical Graffiti - Presence - The Song Remains the Same - In Through the Out Door - Coda
Other albums: Boxed Set - Profiled - Remasters - Boxed Set 2 - The Complete Studio Recordings - BBC Sessions - ' - ' - How the West Was Won
Films: The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin DVD
Songs: "The Battle of Evermore" - "Dazed and Confused" - "Stairway To Heaven" - "When the Levee Breaks"
Other: Peter Grant - Swan Song Records